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    September 8, 2010
    7:00 - 7:29pm PDT  

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for one truck and a dozen cars in the tangled mess in the rush- hour accident impacting traffic right now plus today's crucial vote on an airport connector the outcome and what happens next and a sophisticated growing operation. one element is still missing. >> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is bay area news at 7:00. >> good evening. it is wednesday, september 8. i am gasia mikaelian and this is bay area news at 7:00. a chain reaction had done a crash has sent for people to the hospital and the crash happened about 5:00 on a grand avenue offramp created a debris truck had exited the interstate
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and was coming downhill when it slammed into the back of a car setting up the chain reaction. they told police that the brakes failed in four people were transported to the hospital but none suffered life- threatening -ish stomach injury san francisco person describe for us what happened the. >> consistent impacting the back of our -- and one person described for us what happened like it was consistent impact on the back of our band he or. >> thirteen vehicles were involved including the truck and the highway patrol tells us the grand avenue offramp is expected to be close until 9:00 tonight. a project to extend our service cleared a big hurdle today pre-at the metropolitan transit authority is proposing money. >> reporter: a big chunk of cash will replace the bus service with the bar airport connector rail line but there are still roadblocks before this is a done deal.
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it's a question of real or the road. right now is the road for bart writers who want to connect to the oakland airport but some say that the heir to her bus is too slow and unreliable the. >> barfly is one hour out and we do not know when the bus is coming so it makes it tough to make a connection. >> i would like to have something more convenient where i can go from bart street to the airport's. >> that is why bart has a plan to extend service from the oakland coliseum station to oakland airport with a new three-mile elevated rail line along hagan of the road it will be a 12 minute ride running every four minutes but it costs $6 each way compared to the $3 bus ride. opponents say the project is too expensive. >> i think it is a complete waste of money.
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>> money was the topic of the transportation meeting and the room was packed. >> this project has outlived its usefulness. >> reporter: they want to consider cheaper options and they say that it will create up to 5,000 jobs and urged the board to get the project off the ground fast the. >> hundreds of workers are not working because of the land is project. >> reporter: they finally voted 6-2 in favor of $20 million of state funding and the click the tab on our homepage at ktvu.com from chris daly and tom bates. one board member was among the guests both. >> i am excited. this project hasn't had more stalls and now we are moving on track. >> reporter: bart needs approval from the california transportation authorities and
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needs to secure $130 million of federal funds and grants and also loads. we will see that happen spree at reporting live in oakland, jana katsuyama ktvu channel 2 news. they heard arguments today for furloughs for state workers. >> the governor has admitted he lacks the authority to. >> how has he admitted that? >> the seven justices are old questions at the attorneys and the governor's legal team as they argued the pros and cons the union says that the state constitution does not provide the governor with the authority to order workers to take unpaid days off and attorneys say it does during a fiscal emergency. the decision is expected in 90 days. if the court sides with the unions, they will have to pay for four days going back to february last year and it saved california about $137 million a
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month and announced with 15% pay cut. >> you cannot travel could we cannot go places on the weekends. we have to budget. it's really impacting us. we are having trouble figuring out if we can stay in the house's. >> the furloughs affected approximately 150,000 workers and are expected for the next three fridays in september printed you'll find more coverage including unedited clips by going to ktvu.com. click the bay area news tab. a man convicted of explosives is expected to be released from jail. they arrested a man after the body of his wife and another woman was found at his home also with bomb making materials. prosecutors say they have no plans to charge rittenhouse in connection with his liens and that's why his bail was
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reduced. baltimore was killed last week following a pursuit. crews searched the color landfill for a victim in that case. frederick sally's went missing last month and his father was found dead. police say they found no proof at the landfill and will resume the search in the morning. >> one man is in custody tonight but a second suspect is at large after police uncovered a vast marijuana card into the were discovered above morocco and as paul chambers report the tips came from helicopter surveillance. >> reporter: we were the only news crew on the scene when they started unloading these 1800 marijuana plants being that it was ready for harvesting. we found marijuana that had been harvested and was being tried. >> reporter: had it needed to
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the street officers say the pot would have been worth a quarter of a million dollars and today's bust took place between morocco and san ramon. police say the site was being care for full-time with inexpensive irrigation system and a generator. >> two subjects were located within the content and integrate it with a brief pursuit and we were able to detain one and one got away the. >> reporter: the one in custody is a 63-year-old resident and this time of year it's common to find marijuana growth that is why they do helicopter surveillance every summer appeared to be proactive with the hopes confiscating. >> this is when we see the mature plant's. >> reporter: here is a description of the man who got
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away, a hispanic man and his 5- foot eight with brown hair and brown eyes. paul chambers, ktvu channel 2 news. governor schwarzenegger leaves tomorrow with a six month visit to a shot. he discussed his trip today -- a visit to asia and plans to visit the shanghai facility during his tour. >> the point is to remain a leader in the global economy strengthening our economic and diplomatic ties is extremely important and absolutely necessary. >> the governor will plan the shooting -- plans to visit the shanghai world expo. he is also visiting south korea and japan or during his overseas trip and the private corporate-funded protocol foundation is paying for the trip. the governor returned to sacramento for budget
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negotiations. the budget is now 70 days late. the governor attended a big five meeting with democratic and republican leaders. so far there is no plan to close, california, $70 billion shortfall in negotiation is set to continue using a teleconference while the governors oversees. california and can find out how much money is earned by members of the state assembly and their staff created for the first time legislative salaries are posted. it follows revelations of excessive salaries in the southern california city of belle and started posting similar salary information last month and plan to update the data quarterly. the federal reserve released a periodic survey known as the beige book providing a somewhat downbeat outlook on national economy and slowing economic growth. five of the 12 districts of new york, chicago, philadelphia, richmond, and atlanta growth was reported as slow and the
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western us ranked among those showing modest economic growth since late july. on now to wall street where stocks bounced back a bit. the dow opened higher gaining 46 points and lose some momentum following the report of the nasdaq gained 19. the president called for an end to the so-called pushed dominic bush tax cut and called it the desire to cut taxes on millionaires and billionaires. the president aimed at republican leader john baynard and let's hear now from the president. >> let me be clear that mr. baynard and everybody else, we should not hold middle-class tax cuts hostage any longer. >> the president's economic agenda includes proposing an extension of tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 a year or individuals
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making less than $200,000. he also wants $180,000 in expanded business tax cuts. republicans have called for a two-year freeze on all taxes. here at home in san francisco today people gather to remember finger bay area newsman dave michael hatton -- gather to remember former bay area newsman. he died from complications from a stroke and his career spanned more than 50 years. since he became an announcer in 1951 then moved to television in 1976 and retired 10 years ago. he was 81 years old. september 11 is nearing and a florida minister pledged to bring the quran is sparking outrage. chevron lost to court battles and now they are accused of making an end lot
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around the ports is dumped. now i am using live stormtracker stormtracker 2 to track storms in your area and neighborhood. the guys who drive a heavy duty truck, have some heavy duty demands. like enough horsepower and torque to get out of just about any situation. a payload that beats the other guys flat out. a frame sturdy enough to bear up a max towing capacity that's over 10 tons. and a braking system tough enough to bring it all to a stop. heavy duty demands? gentlemen, your truck is ready.
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>> a pastor in florida is refusing to back up his plan to burn the holy book quran on september 11 despite warnings that it might endanger us troops and other americans overseas. terry jones leads a 50 member congregation in gainesville and says he has no intention of canceling the public burning of about 200 copies of the quran. us officials including the american commander in afghanistan have warned the event could endanger soldiers lives and encourage the extremism jones says he
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opposes. it is sponsoring plans for culture rallies across the nation including here in the bay area. leaders say they will be holding an event in san jose to say know to pastor jones and yes to interface understanding. robert handa reports. >> what if he gave the koran burning party and nobody came? >> reporter: they held a new service conference today in paulo alto promoting unity to counter the quran burning in florida is. >> as an american, mr. jones may have the right to do this but it does not make it the right thing to do. >> reporter: the organizers say that organa democrat label showcase positive relationships with the muslim community in. >> there is a survey that many americans have a negative impression but a majority have never met a muslim. >> reporter: they point out
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that extremist exist in all religions and do not identify with muslim extremists. >> i feel people have hijacked the name of my faith. they have committed an atrocity. >> reporter: for bay area groups this comes at a time when there has been small or large protests for mosque's. >> do not hide, meet the people i am sure they would be happy to welcome them and they talk to muslims and find out that they are not that different. >> reporter: the rally here goes a -- absolute growing list of pro- muslim rallies but organizers say they still hoped reverend jones and his group changed their mind. in san jose, robert handa, ktvu channel 2 news. relatives who -- those that have lost relatives to foodborne illness are calling on the u.s. senate to pass tough new safety regulations.
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they passed the safety enhancement act last year and since then 85 goods had been recalled that the senate has failed to act on the bill. it would increase food inspections and require companies to create safety plans and give usda authorities to issue mandatory recalls and increase penalties. san francisco's only gun store won approval to be open so long as it meets certain conditions. highbridge arms on mission street has been closed since january when the permit expired. city planning commissioners heard from supporters and opponents of the store which has operated in the city for more than 50 years. they decided to grant the permit a long way to security cameras and take other steps to stop would-be thieves. drivers will be finding fewer free parking spots in san francisco. the transportation agency approved a plan to add more than 1300 parking meters and 10 neighborhoods including
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fisherman's wharf, the missing them admission, and at&t park that it helps improve the philadelphia parking and congestion that can just a neighborhoods. highway patrol reported that vehicle thefts statewide are down. the number decreased by 50% from the year before that the highway patrol said the 88% of cars stolen were recovered. the agency attributes the drop index to new technologies and tougher enforcement. chevron is going to the state capital in its push to expand its richmond refinery following to legal defeats in which the energy giant expansion plan was rejected because of environmental concerns. as consumer editor tom vacar reports they call a chevron's latest move in and of rally. >> reporter: it did go to the legislature word is given
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millions of campaign dollars. >> they are seeking an exemption from the state legislator to be exempted from the california laws that were created to protect both community health and the workers. >> it brings filthy, dirty, greasy, greedy politicians. >> chevron is participating in mediated discussions in sacramento at the request of california legislative leadership. >> reporter: chevron says all parties will benefit. >> we're working in mediation discussions to try to resolve issues regarding the energy renewal projects at our refinery. >> reporter: they want to make more money by buying and refining cheaper oil. >> it is more so what comes out and that is heavily regulated by many government agencies. >> what they are looking to expand and refine now is what we call bottom of the barrel
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crude which is the thicker, dirty or higher pollution content stuff is. >> now they can go above the court's head and ask for an exemption to bring this nasty, dirty crude oil into our communities is. >> after the upgrade of this facility they would only be able to process light to medium crude. >> reporter: nonetheless committee fears and doubts remain. i am consumer editor tom vacar, ktvu channel 2 news. santa clara city planners are considering whether to approve two changes that would make a new david siskel 40 niner stadium prosser done a possible -- the newest san francisco 40 niner stadium possible. if they do not vote tonight they will take up the issue again on september 16. voting is underway now and here is the choices for the high school game of the week:
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. >> you have until thursday afternoon to cast your vote at ktvu.com just click on high school sports. it might be the don of the new area on online searching coming up the instant search vehicle right at your fingertips. and bay area news at 7:00 is a multimedia newscast. if there is no tv nearby, just watch us online. we are streaming live on the web at ktvu.com.
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>> pg&e says this morning's unexpected drizzle caused power outages in san francisco. 5,000 customers lost look to city. they say a small fire on a power line near fourth and bryant street trick of the outage caused by a buildup of dust and pollution that turned into a mixture in the rain and conducted electricity. they have the power restored by 11:00 a.m. they said it was unexpected but there was some drizzle last night. it definitely was in the forecast. we had drizzle throughout the bay area.
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we did talk about that last night and there might be some drizzle over the next six hours or so and in the north valley there is actual rain occurring . we will show you i know it's a little bit out of our area but it's that time of year and seasons are changing and we have rain up towards paradise and butte county. the weather pattern is changing around and you can see our highs from today. highs tomorrow will be a little bit warmer than those. . tuesday followed weather pattern. tomorrow morning overnight lows will be pretty darn cool. 48 degrees enough. they are in comparison to what we had the last month or so so when the kids go off to school tomorrow morning 53 degrees in oakland. that will seem cool. the low pressure is bringing the showers to northern portions of the state and is
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weakening and moving away. we will warm up tomorrow as it goes off to the east. high pressure builds in and temperatures will begin to warm and then more significantly as we head into the end of the week. when i stay significantly mid- 80s tops as we move into friday, saturday, and sunday. forecast highs are way into the valley. 69 degrees in clear lake. tomorrow's weather story will be slightly warmer with more sunshine. 71 degrees in walnut creek. i expect their will be some breezy conditions on the delta and the bay. 69 degrees in san jose. air quality is good and the fire danger is down. you look at those temperatures. the forecast highs, that is a fall weather pattern. it is not all yet, to summer but it feels like fall. >> thank you. the next time that you google something it might seem
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like the search engine is reading your mind. . they unveiled a new feature today called google instant. it streams results as you are taking it even before you press enter. new features also available are four for internet browsers. that is our report for tonight. i am gasia mikaelian. our coverage continues online on ktvu.com. keep in mind that tmz is up next right here on tv36.
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the guys who drive a heavy duty truck, have some heavy duty demands. torque to g of just about any situation. a payload that beats the other guys flat out. a frame sturdy enough to bear up a max towing capacity that's over 10 tons.